Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan maintained that Najib Abdul Razak was not subject to the 1MDB investigation as the probe did not in any way implicate the prime minister.
He said this in response to the United States Department of Justice action with regard to 1MDB, the government investment fund.
“If there are any guilty parties in this investigation, they should be penalised. The important thing is that in the released documents, the prime minister is not involved in the investigation.
“In fact, the prime minister’s name is not mentioned at all,” he told a press conference during his inaugural visit to the offices of Bumiputera Agenda Steering Unit (Teraju), Ekuiti Nasional Bhd (Ekuinas) and Talent Corp Malaysia Bhd in Petaling Jaya today.
This is a man who plainly never passed any exam in his life.
Poor thing is so supremely thick he is unable to get his head round the staggeringly obvious and plentiful references to Prime Minister (Najib) as Malaysian Official 1.
The US DOJ officials plainly did not realise quite how stupid the likes of Dahlan are – they did not realise that if you are dealing with Najib’s Cabinet members you need to speak to them as if they were two years old.
That is the reason their dirty boss employed them in the first place
Multimedia and Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak has issued a warning against the leaks in government information spotlighted by Sarawak Report’srevelations on the auditor-general’s report on 1MDB.
“It is alarming that not only have confidential information been sold but that some of it have been altered or doctored in the effort to sensationalise the issue,” claimed Salleh in a statement on his blog last night.
“The main question would be what else and even more damaging information have also been sold that we are not aware of.
“And this puts the security of the nation at risk and this is nothing short of an act of treason,” he said.
He said this lent credence to rumours of an alleged entity called the ‘Anti-Najib Campaign’ (ANC), purportedly armed with “RM2 billion funding” to attack Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak….
Critics have urged the government to declassify the report in light of the Sarawak Report leaks.
Salleh said claims regarding the purported ANC and its “RM600 million set aside to finance the media and online war” have never been denied.
“The 20-month onslaught against Prime Minister Najib Razak using both foreign plus local blogs and news agencies to play up the 1MDB issue as the catalyst to try to oust Najib without a doubt costs a lot of money,” he said.
Sarawak Report has no idea if there is an “Anti-Najib Campaign”, as described by Mr Salleh, since he doesn’t appear to understand the point of bringing evidence to substantiate his various claims.
However, we can confirm that we are not part of such a group, have no knowledge of any money, have received no money and have paid nothing for this information.
He has once again slandered us by saying so. And by alleging that no one would ever do the decent thing, except in return for money, he reflects only on the type of person that he plainly is himself.
Mr Salleh has ludicrously attempted meanwhile to have his cake and eat it, by acknowledging there has been a leak of genuine information, while claiming it has been “doctored”!
Perhaps he might care to provide examples of this “doctoring” and also explain why Sarawak Report would bother to doctor a leaked document, which was evidently so damaging anyway that his boss had to make an Official Secret out of it, just days after the Auditor General himself had promised it would be shortly published in accordance with the law?
Police and the Auditor-General will verify the authenticity of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) report published by Sarawak Report before taking action, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Khalid said a discussion would be held with the AG to ensure the authenticity of the documents as per the AG report which was classified as an official secret document.
“We are not sure if the documents published by Sarawak Report is truly the auditor-general’s report or had been altered before being published.
“If the documents are the real ones that have been classified as secret, we will investigate under the Official Secrets Act (OSA),” he told reporters after attending an Aidilfitri open house hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at Sri Satria, here today.
Khalid said Sarawak Report’s legitimacy remains in doubt since the portal had published inaccurate statements a number of times.
Sarawak Report would be grateful if the Chief of Police could elaborate on this allegation that we have published inaccurate statements a number of times.
Were we, for example, inaccurate when we revealed that his daughter and brother in law set up a company selling guns which only he can licence? And was our recent story about a five star jamboree by his senior officers in Italy on a training exercise, wives in tow, incorrect?
Is it not the fact that we have been relentlessly proven correct in every important aspect of our coverage that Malaysians appear to set more store by what we publish that the denials of a Prime Minister who dares not publish a public document?
Were the IGP to be genuinely seeking to enforce the law in this matter, he should begin by countering the unconstitutional actions of the Prime Minister in suppressing the Auditor’s Report, which according to the constitution ought to have been passed directly to the Agong and then to Parliament for publication.
Sarawak Report (SR) should be investigated for threatening national security, a minister said today after the website disclosed what it claimed to be a classified Auditor-General’s report.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said the whistleblower website’s claim, if true, would be a breach of the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA).
“The recent declaration that Sarawak Report has in its possession of a document classified under OSA warrants investigation by the police.
“Such an investigation needs to be undertaken urgently and expeditiously to prevent further leakages of official secrets documents which may put the country in security jeopardy,” Salleh told Malay Mail Online when contacted today
This Minister for Fun has acknowledged the report is real, which gets rid of one bit of nonsense at least – the allegation that we had “forged” it.
However, he ought not conflate ‘national security’ with the security of criminals on the run from the law.
There are plainly still good folk in Malaysia, who have not yet been murdered or sacked or put in prison, who have a clear enough sense of right and wrong that they have refused to accept blatant abuses of power.
One such blatant abuse was to slap an official secrets order on what ought to have been and was promised would be a public report by the Auditor General into what has gone wrong with 1MDB.
It is in the national interest for these facts to be widely known, in order to prevent future such debacles and ‘disappearances’ of billions of dollars of public money.
It is only in the interests of the criminals responsible to cover it up and make it secret.
A senior leader of Malaysia’s ruling party quit on Monday, the latest among several party officials to leave or be sacked after criticizing Prime Minister Najib Razak over a multi-billion dollar financial scandal involving a state-owned fund.
Recent electoral wins and a gradual recovery in the economy have allowed Najib to sack more critics and reshuffle his cabinet, bringing in loyalists ahead of general polls that may be held as early as next year.
Shafie Apdal, who as a vice-president was the fifth-most senior leader of the United Malay National Organization (UMNO), resigned two weeks after two other senior leaders were sacked by the party over their criticism of Najib’s handling of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
“Justice is not being done. There is no justice in the way UMNO is being run,” Shafie said on Monday at a rally in his home constituency of Semporna, a ruling party stronghold in the Borneo state of Sabah.
The international press has noted this, yet another senior departure from UMNO, as will financial markets and all Malaysia watchers.
A leader must rule by consent in order to rule successfully. Yet, one after another, the brightest stars, who once supported Najib, have resigned or protested and been sacked.
The ones who remain are tarnished themselves or jumped up opportunists, promoted beyond their dreams.
The Lord and Lady Macbeth of Malaysia may seek to say that this is all represents a consolidation of their power, but with every departure of respected courtiers comes a growing unease.
The other Shakespearian analogy presently wafting around KL is that there is something rotten in the State of Malaysia: a whiff of corruption, murder and madness is in the air.
Everybody knows it and it cannot end well.
Buoyed by BN twin victories in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is now setting his eyes on recapturing Selangor from Pakatan Harapan.
A jubilant Najib said this to some 250 supporters gathered at the Umno Sungai Besar headquarters to celebrate the victory of BN’s candidate Budiman Mohd Zohdi.
“With this victory in Sungai Besar, it can be our starting point for a renewed vibrant spirit.
“The spirit for us to attack! For us to recapture Selangor,” he declared to cheers from the crowd.
Jail the opposition leader and use your excessive powers and money to swing the margins.
Encourage divisive religious extremism and racial disharmony.
Abuse your total control of the media and exploit hopelessness. Gosh, and you win a few hundred more votes than the combined opposition you have succeeded in dividing.
Then pat yourself on the back for a fair election win and laugh that now you are the Idi Amin of Malaysia!
Najib should call that General Election now… before the full details of his thefts officially come out and even the greediest British businessmen will have to admit the proof is staring them down.
Malaysia’s Senate should reject the government’s proposed legal changes that would undermine the rights of criminal suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. Amendments to the country’s Code of Criminal Procedure passed the lower house of parliament on May 19, 2016, and will be debated by the Senate in the session starting on June 13.
The proposed amendments are being made at a time when the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak has intensified its crackdown on criticism by civil society activists, Human Rights Watch said. The code changes would limit the discretion of judges to impose more lenient sentences, allow for previously inadmissible testimony by unidentified witnesses and written testimony, and allow the denial of bail for a broader range of political and other offences.
“The proposed amendments are part of a troubling trend of the Malaysian government undermining the right to a fair trial during periods of political turmoil,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia Director at Human Rights Watch. “The Senate should reject amendments that undermine the rights of the accused or judges’ authority to protect rights.”
Najib, who gloried in portraying himself as a progressive reformer when he came into office, has spent the last year attempting to strip away everyone else’s basic rights in Malaysia, in order to protect himself from his own criminal actions.
As a political leader he has shown not one shred of concern for his duties towards those who placed their trust in him: perhaps because he knows they didn’t; the opposition won most of the votes at the last election, despite his massive cheating and bribery.
Najib is cementing a dictatorship, where protection of the individual against arbitrary action by those who have grasped the levers of authority is being swept away. Civilised societies have learnt to value such protections and to evolve basic individual rights, not least because none of us can be confident that one day it might not be ourselves or a loved one, who unexpectedly falls foul of those in power.
Indeed, it might be Najib. He has done enough wrong to find himself in very hot water some day. He might wish then that he had kept those basic rights in situ.
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak teases that he may donate to the Ma’muniah mosque in Sungai Besar after the polls.
This would be in addition to the RM500,000 Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has pledged for the mosque. “If you want to add some more, come see me after the elections,” Najib says in his speech after a breaking fast.
Malaysians have become wearily used to Najib Razak’s blatant public vote buying.
So, foreign businessmen and their political clients ought to stop pretending he is not a proven crook. He condemns himself through his own mouth, quite apart from the proof of his bank balances, which he also cannot deny.
What ought to concern the voters most is where next does Najib plan to plunder, in order to make these dirty pay-offs, now that so many of his foreign bank accounts have been frozen?
The Wall Street Journal’s allegations against Malaysia have been proven to be lies, this time by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s press aide.
Tengku Shariffuddin Tengku Ahmad noted how the publication alleged that Goldman Sachs wired US$3 billion in proceeds of a 1MDB bond issuance to BSI Bank in Singapore, and that some of these funds were later transferred to the prime minister.
However, he said the Monetary Authority of Singapore revealed that no bank in Singapore received the US$3 billion wire transfer from Goldman Sachs in relation to the bond issuance for 1MDB.
“Despite the gravity of their allegations, the WSJ gave no evidence at all to support their claims – as is now standard process in their Malaysia reporting.
“In a cowardly tactic to avoid being sued, the WSJ attributes all its allegations to anonymous sources, such as ‘people familiar with the matter’ and unnamed ‘investigators’,” he added in a media statement.
This spokesman might have done better to wait before barking, given that his own boss has himself issued so little information to explain exactly where 1MDB’s money disappeared to – or how a billion dollars ended up in his own account.
Frankly, such is the lack of transparency over 1MDB, people have been justified in speculating the worst; and when evidence emerged that the worst had indeed occurred this Prime Minister has not dared to test the facts in court.
So, his spokespeople should not try to make hay out of small details, which journalists may have got wrong as they attempt to tease the truth from a massive cover-up, because, as in this case, the truth can turn out to have been even worse than originally reported!
The minor error related to which branch of BSI bank received the $3 billion. It turned out to be the Swiss Headquarters rather than Singapore, which is even more damaging for the bank, which has been trying to contain its involvement in the scandal to its Singapore operations (now closed down).
Najib’s spokesman has compounded matters by further alleging that the reason his boss can’t sue the WSJ is because the WSJ has not revealed its sources, which is ridiculous.
If the WSJ was publishing untruths it would be the easiest thing in the world for Najib to demonstrate this was the case, by bringing the true facts before the courts and issuing proper company accounts.
If he has nothing to hide, why so much hidden?
Former Sarawak Report journalist Lester Melanyi (pix) has penned a book on an alleged plot to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The book is scheduled to hit the streets by October this year.
The book would carry his account of working with Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown, he told Bernama in an interview recently.
He claimed that Rewcastle-Brown had collaborated with certain politicians in Malaysia to use Sarawak Report as a platform to topple Najib.
Lying Lester Melanyi has never written a word for Sarawak Report.
He signed up as a volunteer for the separate Iban/Malay radio team, Radio Free Sarawak for a very few months in 2011, but was described by other volunteers as lazy and worse than useless, so the team did not ask him to stay.
Najib’s propagandists are welcome to waste their money on him, because no one believes a word of his inconsistent nonsense.